Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 12, 2022)
Word of the Day

pastoral

Definition:(adjective) Idyllically rustic.
Synonyms:arcadian, bucolic
Usage: Last I heard he bought a cottage on farmland and now leads a perfectly pastoral existence.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Omitting Text in the Middle of the Sentence

Occasionally, an omission of text may span across two or more sentences. If the quotation divides into two complete sentences with omitted material in between, we use a period to terminate the first sentence (even if the original sentence has been shortened) followed by an ellipsis and the second quoted sentence. What is this sometimes known as? More...
Article of the Day

Ice Hotels

Ice hotels are temporary buildings made entirely out of snow and sculptured ice. They are built each year in the coldest regions of the world as a way to attract vacationers to resort areas. In the Swedish ice hotel at Kiruna, one of the most famous ice hotels, even the bar glasses are made of ice. A one-night stay at the hotel costs close to four hundred dollars. Guests should probably mind the check-out time, however, because the hotel begins to melt away after May. More...
This Day in History

Harry Truman Becomes 33rd President of the US (1945)

Truman was the 33rd president of the US. He is remembered for authorizing the use of atomic bombs against Japan and for his opposition to Communism. A Democrat who largely accepted the New Deal tradition, he presided over victory in World War II and the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe. His administration also oversaw the beginning of the Cold War and the desegregation of the US armed forces. What famous headline ran in the Chicago Tribune the day after Truman won his second term? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Clay (1777)

Clay, known as the "Great Compromiser," was an American statesman and orator who served in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. His multiple bids for the presidency all failed, but he was nevertheless extremely influential in US politics. He orchestrated the Missouri Compromise between free and slave states, and he attempted to strengthen the nation's economy through his American System. Though he opposed slavery and favored emancipation, Clay only freed his own slaves upon what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

outside the box

Outside of or beyond what is considered usual, traditional, or conventional. More...
Today's Holiday

Halifax Day (2022)

Also known as Halifax Resolves Day, Halifax Resolutions Day, Halifax Independence Day, or Halifax Resolutions of Independence Day, this is the day on which, in the spring of 1776, North Carolina's delegates to the Second Continental Congress were given permission to join with representatives from other colonies in declaring their independence from British rule. The Halifax Resolutions helped lay the groundwork for the American Revolution. Halifax Day observances take place in Halifax, North Carolina, with reenactments and living history camps. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: profit

Roman holiday - Enjoyment or profit derived from others' discomfort or suffering, based on the gladiator matches enjoyed by ancient Romans. More...

bottom line - A reference to the line at the bottom of a financial statement that shows the profit or balance. More...

improve - First meant "to make a profit for oneself" or "to employ to advantage; to make profitable use of." More...

broker - Originally, a broker or brokour bought wine cheaply in quantity and sold it at a profit; broker came to mean any retailer who did this, or a middleman/agent. More...

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